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Business break and enters in rural Western Australia

Media Release

20 September 2000

Media release from Senator, the Hon Amanda Vanstone, Minister for Justice and Customs

Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today released the first national crime atlas, which shows that Derby, Halls Creek and the Ngaanyatjarraku areas of Western Australia have very high rates of crime against businesses.

"Break and enters against businesses are serious problems in almost all areas of regional Western Australia," Senator Vanstone said.

"In general, regional areas have low crime rates."

"The rate of break and enters against businesses in Derby, Halls Creek and the Ngaanyatjarraku areas are an exception."

"Businesses in Derby and the Ngaanyatjarraku areas are over 1.4 times more at risk of a break and enter than the average in Western Australia."

"As people in metropolitan areas have found, reductions in crime rates require long term effort."

"The community has a role through sensible crime prevention measures."

"Many break and enters would have been stopped if someone had just locked the door before leaving the house or business, even if they are only away for a short time."

The crime statistics for the Derby, Halls Creek and the Ngaanyatjarraku areas of Western Australia are a part of the Australian Institute of Criminology's crime mapping project. The Atlas of Crime 2000 was produced by the National Key Centre for Social Applications of Geographical Information Systems and the Australian Institute of Criminology Institutes. The atlas analyses rates of armed robbery, unarmed robbery, residential break and enters, non-residential break and enter and motor vehicle theft.